In this issue ... new grant, vote for legislative liaison, call for grant proposals, treasurer nominations, student case report competition, APRVT recap, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

New Grant Announcement!

We just returned from Knoxville and are proud to report that the AARV/ACVSMR Summit went swimmingly. Thank you so much to all of our speakers for your time and expertise. A special shout-out to our sponsors as well - PulseVet, Respond Systems and The Honest Kitchen - for your generous contributions. We also enjoyed the subsequent IAVRPT symposium and connecting with AARV members as well as many international attendees. Thanks for stopping by our booth and getting to know us!

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In other news, the AARV is proud to announce that we are sponsoring a new grant of $5,000 for original research conducted by a non-traditional ACVSMR resident. We believe that supporting these residents will advance the field of rehab and provide them with much-needed financial assistance. The winning resident will present their research at the AARV track at the VMX conference in 2021. Please see the article below and the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website for further details.

Don't forget that we still have two $2,500 AARV member grants (one sponsored by the AARV and the second by Purina) and one AARV student member grant (sponsored by Royal Canin). Deadlines for submissions are fast approaching! These are some sweet membership perks that will benefit our field AND your practice so please take advantage of them. Again, see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website for further details.

Lastly, the AARV board is a fun group to work with and we have two slots opening up for 2019! Please vote for the position of Legislative Liaison by August 15th and nominate a Treasurer by September 1st. See more details below.

As always, please contact the AARV board if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT

Last Few Days to Vote for Legislative Liaison!

Vote! Three candidates have been nominated for the open Legislative Liaison position on the AARV board of directors. The nominees are:
  • Jennifer Hennessey-Bremseth, DVM, CVJ, (CAPM, CCRP, CCMT)
  • Theresa E. Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP, MRCVS
  • Megan VanGundy, RVT, CCRA
AARV members, don't forget to vote! An email was sent mid-July with a link to the ballot and links to each nominee's CV and letter of intent, and reminder emails were sent on August 8th and 14th. Voting will close on August 15, 2018. The results will be announced in the September 2018 newsletter.
Treasurer Nominations Due September 1st!
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AARV is now accepting nominations for the treasurer position on its board of directors. This position is a three-year term beginning January 1, 2019.
To read a brief description of this position, please visit the AARV website.
Nominations are due September 1, 2018. To submit a nomination or learn more, please contact Dr. Andrea Henderson, AARV secretary, at
Call for Grant Proposals

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AARV has established a competitive annual awards program to add to the evidence base for veterinary rehabilitation by providing grant funds to highly meritorious applications. We encourage individuals to submit grant proposals that advance the science of canine and/or equine rehabilitation.

The AARV will offer two grants in 2018, one sponsored by AARV and the other sponsored by Purina. Each grant is worth $2,500 and will be granted to an AARV member to perform research related to the field of animal rehabilitation. The Purina Research Grant is reserved for research related to the field of small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2018 and should follow the format described below. Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and announcement of the awards will be made on October 31, 2018.
Applicants must be AARV members.
Grant proposal submission guidelines are detailed on the AARV website. Please submit your grant proposal for review and/or questions to Dr. Megan Ridley at

Important Grant Submission Deadlines

July 15, 2018 First call for grant submissions 
August 15, 2018 Second call for grant submissions
September 15, 2018 Final call for grant submissions 
September 30, 2018 Grant submission deadline
October 31, 2018 Decisions notified to authors
January 2020 Oral delivery with PowerPoint presentation at VMX 

For detailed guidelines, visit the Grant Opportunities page on the AARV website (member log-in required). 
AARV Student Members: Deadline for Royal Canin Student Case Report Competition Extended to October 1st
Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2019 VMX Expo in Orlando, Florida, January 19-23, 2019?

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The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) has partnered with Royal Canin to offer an exciting opportunity for veterinary students with an interest in physical rehabilitation. Eligible students must currently be enrolled at a U.S. veterinary school during the 2018-2019 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the VMX 2019 Conference.

To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by October 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST (note revised date). NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. All case reports will be reviewed and the student whose case report is selected will win a trip to the 2019 VMX Conference. The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.

For complete details about how to submit a case report and enter the competition, please log in to the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website. Completed case reports and any questions should be submitted to our University Liaison Dr. Jessica Bunch at Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
AARV Announces a New Research Grant for ACVSMR Alternative Path Residents acvsmrgrant

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The AARV is excited to announce that we are sponsoring a $5,000 research grant for AARV members that are ACVSMR Alternative Path residents. Applicants must be AARV members and research must be related to the field of animal rehabilitation. Abstracts must be submitted by December 1, 2018. Two copies of the abstract should be submitted, one with all requested information and authors' names and one blinded without authors' names, institutions, etc. Abstracts will be voted upon by the AARV board of directors and the winner will be announced on January 15, 2018. Research will be presented by the author during the AARV lecture track at VMX 2021. Please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website for complete details. 

Communications Update

by Jenn Panko
AARV Communications Director

It's been a busy summer for the AARV. Canada was lucky enough to have Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT CAVCA, speak at the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada is excited about veterinary rehabilitation! That combined with the IAVRPT (see Technician Corner for the full story) has made for an exciting summer full of learning and networking for the AARV and APRVT.
AARV's presence on LinkedIn is growing, and our member updates are rolling in and soon to be shared. We are always looking for spotlight practices and news to share. Please let your technicians know that if they are looking to pursue a Veterinary Technician Specialty, becoming a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians is the place to start. We're spreading the word! Help us help techs specialize!
Dr. Janice Huntingford
Dr. Janice Huntingford lectures at the CVMA Convention in Vancouver.
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Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and Healing Oasis? Check the AARV Calendar of Events on our website, which contains upcoming rehabilitation classes and other continuing education events. You can also visit the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Healing Oasis websites directly to learn more about their courses.  
Do you have an event to add to the AARV calendar? All calendar posts are now free for AARV members. Please send your calendar event to and be sure to include the name of the event, speaker, topic, date, time, location and URL. Rehabilitation related events/classes only, please.
Call for Spotlight Practices!
We want to feature YOU! Your practice could be featured on our website, and for a whole month in our newsletter, on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and featured on our LinkedIn Profile.

See our Spotlight Practice Questionnaire for details. You answer the questions and provide photos; Jenn makes the rest happen!

Email to schedule your time to shine as the AARV Spotlight Practice.
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Call for News and Updates!

Have a professional accomplishment you would like to share? Achieved new rehabilitation credentials? Published an article or textbook? Giving a lecture or workshop? Won an award? We want to know about it! Email so we can share your news with the #rehabvets community via our social media outlets.
Have You Checked Out AARV's Articles of Interest?

Have you had a chance to peruse AARV's Articles of Interest, located in the Members Area of the website? Each month, AARV posts a new collection of journal abstracts, selected by AARV founder Dr. Julia Tomlinson because of their relevance to the field of veterinary rehabilitation.

The August Articles of Interest include 17 journal articles on topics ranging from photobiomodulation therapy to cranial cruciate ligament structure. In some cases, there are links to the full texts of articles. Keep up to date on the latest research so you can share this knowledge with your clients and colleagues. Click here to review this month's as well as past months' Articles of Interest.
Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn!

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Let's network! Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn by clicking on this link or the LinkedIn logo at right.
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Interested in Conducting Clinical Research?

Are you interested in conducting clinical research but don't know where to start?
Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) has created a new online course to demystify clinical research for practicing rehabilitation therapists, interns and residents.  Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research  is taught by CRI faculty member  Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR who has spent more than 30 years doing research. 
The entire process from concept to publication is covered during the 10-week course. You will view online lectures, read assignments, and participate in an online live discussion with Dr. Zink each week. You will develop a research hypothesis that matches your interests and clinical caseloads, and then design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

There are students from the first course that are now collaborating on studies and have been awarded research grants.
AARV members receive a 10% tuition discount. If you have questions or are interested in registering for the next session, email CRI at
APRVT Summit Recap

by Jenn Panko, RVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) OCMC, CAPMC
AARV Communications Director

Hello VetRehabTechs!
The 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy July 30-August 3, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee, was well attended by veterinary technicians. We are so excited that the #vetrehabtechs movement is gaining momentum. It was exciting to connect with our board and deputy members Wendy Davies, Mary Ellen Goldberg, Maria Maddox, Kelley Meyer, Dawn Hickey, and John Nielsen in person! The laboratory sessions and lectures were diverse and provided by top-notch speakers from a variety of backgrounds and countries around the world. The social and networking opportunities were plentiful, and the APRVT members were excited to chat with so many veterinary technicians about the Veterinary Technician Specialty. Dr. Darryl Millis' band "The Mongrels" made the banquet one to remember.
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Our lecture topics, generously sponsored by Respond Systems, Inc. and moderated by Wendy Davies, were well received:
  • Plyometric Training in Dock Diving Dogs - John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
  • Functional Anatomy - Muscles Used in Specific Sporting and Working Events and Effective Strengthening Exercises - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPPInjury

  • Prevention in Performance Dogs - Building Strength in Multiple Planes - John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
  • Behavior and Physical Rehabilitation - Using Behavior Knowledge to Reinforce Rehabilitation Success for Technicians - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP
  • Client Education: It's Teachable! The Rules of Engagement: Tips for Improving Handler and Dog Interaction to Optimize Therapeutic Exercise Outcome - Jenn Panko, RVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) OCMC, CAPMC
  • Complications in Physical Rehabilitation - Knowledge and Observational Skills Crucial to the Veterinary Technician. - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP
  • Reversing Their World: Improving Body Awareness in Agility Dogs - John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
We appreciate technicians approaching us and giving us such great feedback on the program content and day. We look forward to planning our next summit. Stay tuned! Thanks to Respond Systems for inviting us to Happy Hour. So much fun and a great opportunity to connect with colleagues.
Dawn Hickey and Mary Ellen Goldberg spoke about "Pain Management for the Athlete During Training and Performance" during the symposium, and their lecture was well received and jam-packed full of valuable information.
Mary Ellen Goldberg was part of the AARV panel discussion "Viewpoints from a DVM, CVT and PT on Common Rehab Conditions" and also spoke about "Physical Rehabilitation and the Geriatric Patient: Are Fido and Socks Senior Olympians?" in the AARV Summit.
Mary Ellen Goldberg also presented her poster board "Multimodal Management of a Non Human Primate Using Analgesics, Physical Rehabilitation, Techniques, and Acupuncture." Way to go, ME!
Jenn Panko and Dr. Pedro Rivera teamed up to talk about APRVT and AARV at the lunch meeting on Wednesday - an opportunity for groups to introduce their organization. Thanks, Dr. Darryl Millis, for the opportunity for us to highlight how the APRVT and AARV work together to support each other and our members.
Next month we will be highlighting all the fun and learning that is happening with Kristen Hagler and Lis Conarton at WVC Technician Takeover right now and news from our First Inaugural Veterinary Technician Specialty Examination and the winner of the Online Pet Health Webinar Contest at IAVRPT.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Photos from the Rehab Summit
Clockwise from top left: Dawn Hickey (left) and Mary Ellen Goldberg at the APRVT booth. Jenn Panko presenting during the Summit. An equine lab. John Nielsen and Dawn Hickey welcoming attendees to the Summit.
Learn More About APRVT

The technicians on the Organizing Committee of the APRVT would love to speak at your clinic or local conference! Contact us at to find someone in your area!

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Please visit the APRVT website and social media sites to learn more about us and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter! Do you have an article in mind for the Technician Corner? Contact Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, AARV Technician Liaison, to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Rehab Full Time Vet Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, a growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida looking for a full to part time CCRT/veterinarian to join our team! Competitive salary, health care and benefit packages available. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space for rehabilitation services. Our three doctor, one PT/CCRT practice office also offers acupuncture, veterinary medical manipulation (animal chiropractic), massage, Chinese herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, homotoxicology, flower essences, and routine wellness services. For more information, please contact Dr. Jenna Hauck at or visit us at



Rehab Tech Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida is looking for a part or full time rehabilitation technician or assistant. Ideal candidate should be CCRA certified, but we will also consider a CVT with on the job training, or a CVT with a strong interest in rehab as we have CRI instructor on staff. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space with a fully equipped rehabilitation facility including UWTM and laser. We also offer other integrative therapies including acupuncture and chiropractic. Contact or visit our website for more information.


Rehabilitation Technician, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is seeking an experienced Rehabilitation Technician to join our expanding rehab team. We have a well-established caseload, designated space, and offer UWTM, treadmill, Class IV laser, e-stim, therapeutic ultrasound, massage, exercise equipment. We have a very supportive veterinary and management team. Highly competitive salary (including bonus) and benefit package, including 4 day work week, health/dental/vision insurance, 401k, paid vacation, CE allowance and more! Prefer an individual with >1 year of experience as a rehabilitation technician, but will consider any excellent candidates. Relocation and travel assistance available for the right candidate(s). Send resume/cover letter to


ACVSMR Board Certified or Residency Trained Clinician, Chicago, Illinois, and Commerce, Michigan
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is currently seeking a sports medicine/ rehabilitation specialist to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Team at our emergency and multispecialty hospitals in both Chicago, IL and Commerce, MI. We are seeking individuals that are team oriented and have excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes. Please visit our website at CV and letter of intent may be submitted to: Barbara A. Lightner DVM, DACVS, Director, Medical Talent Acquisition,, Direct 614-506-6288.


Licensed Veterinary Technician, Shoreline, Washington
Looking for an LVT to join our team! Our practice culture is supportive, inclusive, fun, and dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary rehabilitation. The ideal candidate would be rehab certified, but we will provide support for certification for the right individual. Join a team of 3 rehab veterinarians, one LVT/CCRP, 6 assistants, and a patient care coordinator. We are fully equipped with 2 UWTM, 2 lasers, large gym and treatment areas and provide regenerative medicine, advanced diagnostics/imaging and acupuncture. See full job description here.


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